Salieri, Antonio

CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR (ITALY)
BORN 19 Aug 1750, Legnano (near Venezia) - DIED 7 May 1825, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, reihe 1, nummer 54)

Antonio Salieri came from a rich family in Legnano, near Venice. He studied the violin and to Padua en then Venice with hos parents. There F.L. Gassmann invited him to the court of Vienna in 1766. In Vienna Gassmann taught him composition. After Gassmann died in 1774 Emperor Joseph II appointed him court composer. During the same year he married Therese von Helferstorfer, with whom he had three surviving children.

In 1788 he became Royal and Imperial Kapellmeister and he held this post until 1824. He was teacther to Beethoven, Czerny, Hummel, Liszt, Schubert and many others.

Salieri knew Wolfgang Mozart Aamdeus well and there is little proof for the rivalry that history has put between them. After Mozart died Salieri was teacher to his younger son Franz Xaver Mozart.

Salieri was the author of over 40 opera's. At the time of his death in 1825 he had been ill for a while. He was buried at the Katholischer Friedhof Matzleinsdorf in Vienna, where his grave was restored in 1846. I later years his remains were transferred to the Zentralfriedhof.

Related persons
• was teacher to Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was teacher to Czerny, Carl
• was a friend of Gluck, Christoph Willibald von
• was teacher to Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
• was teacher to Liszt, Franz
• was teacher to Milder-Hauptmann, Anna
• knew Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
• was teacher to Reissiger, Carl Gottlieb
• was teacher to Schubert, Franz Peter

Sources
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Antonio Salieri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Images

The grave of Antonio Salieri at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 1999)

 


Samter, Alice

Published: 1 Jan 2009
Last update: 1 Jan 2009